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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Ward Park, Bangor. The course is run entirely on bitmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Bangor parkrun, Northern Ireland is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Bangor parkrun, Northern Ireland is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

This is a three lap course starting on the main wide through path. The route crosses the bridge next Castle Gardens then circles the tennis courts and follows the far side of the stream towards the town centre, crosses the stream and returns via the wild fowl cages where there is a narrow section. On reaching the main drive the route doubles back again and then loops around the bowling green past the pavilion to start lap two. The finish is adjacent to the pavilion.


Public toilets are available beside the Bowling Pavilion plus there is a covered area in front of the Pavilion where running kit can be left.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the main wide through path in Ward Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bangor Town Service Route map (302) can be found on the Translink website. The closest drop off point is Gransha Road, near the tennis courts.

Getting there on foot

From Bangor train/bus station: on exiting the train/bus station follow Castle Park Avenue up the hill towards Bangor Town Hall (past Bangor Castle Leisure Centre). Follow the road left into Castle Park Road. Cross the road at the T junction and follow the entrance to Ward Park (signage). Take the path straight through and bear left towards the bowling greens and pavilion.

Getting there by road

From Bangor train/bus station: at the roundabout take the 3rd turning Castle Park Avenue towards Bangor Town Hall (past Bangor Castle Leisure Centre). Follow the road left into Castle Park Road. Turn right at the T junction (South Eastern Regional College) onto Gransha Road. Shortly after the tennis courts turn left into a car park (free).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Bowling Pavilion - please come and join us!